*EDIT*..I realize Option 1 is me, so I voted.
In regards of spending money on rides and making money back from it. That is true for everyone except for WDW. Except for MK non of the additional parks are considered to be great and do so well if they didn't hostage their guests on property. And as long as the sheep's are coming in droves attracted by nostalgia and the promise your kids won't nag as long as you buy them every peace of crap they demand Disney will penny pinch them to death.But OT why did they do such an amazing job on Star Tours 2? Because they needed to butter up George Lucas who already demanded 'his' should get a much needed update.But what about new fantasy land? New fantasy land is the result of focus testing and guests wanted more princesses. So Disney is building the whole thing on the cheap with 2 mediocre rides to cash in on food, drinks and photo ops and the fact they can sell more makeovers and princess dresses and stuff.What the heck they where thinking about Avater is beyond me but it probably had something to do with a boy wizard that was racking in heaps of cash and they wanted something like that and they where dumb enough to not see they already had a license (Star Wars) to do that. But I'm sure Avatar is a better deal because it'll result in nice photo's, not rides (who cares about them, you can't show them) for guests to show to someone else. Because that is what counts. Non of the updates and expansions have resulted in more guests for Disney so why should they?
Under rated: Either Monsters,Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue at DCA or Flight of the Hippogriff at IOA (Flight of the Hippogriff with the edge here)
I voted for the listen to some, skip some podcasts answer choice. They were all executed very well, just didn't feel like listening to some since I assumed a transcript would be provided after each podcast. So, in terms of future podcast ideas, maybe you could focus on the USH 20 year revolution plan, a Star Wars podcast similar to the Potter one you did, or even Avatar/Pandora for Animal Kingdom. So as you can see, I'm a long term thinker and like to hear/read about the future projects that are planned for the theme parks I have great respect for. As always, there's room for improvement which is why these comments will be most beneficial to your team. Hope this helps.
Sindbad's Storybook Voyage is precisely the kind of Disney attraction that made all of us fall in love with what Disney can do. Some of the greatest and most timeless Disney attractions are the ones not based on existing IP (in the sense of film, television, etc.): Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and essentially all of the original EPCOT Center. It is unfortunate that the drive to have IP-based attractions has almost snuffed out the possibility to create the next Pirates or Haunted Mansion. Attractions like Cars Land and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter have certainly shown us that IP is here to stay, but it is encouraging to see that original "new classic" attractions like Sindbad and Mystic Manor can still come out of Disney.
I personally prefer reading a transcript more than listening to the podcasts, but if it's a topic that sounds interesting to me, I will try to make time to listen to the podcast on my computer. If it's a topic that doesn't sound interesting to me, it's unlikely I'll make the time to listen. Transcripts are just easier to read through and to find the most interesting sections (although I know they are very time consuming to write up from the audio files).
My personal pick for an overrated attraction is Pirates of the Caribbean-- I know it's a classic, but the movement of the pirates and other animatronic figures looks so unrealistic. The figures chasing each other on spinning circular platforms seem like they belong in a carnival attraction. I don't think the animatronics has impressed me since I was in grade school in the 1970s. With today's technology, you'd think they could do so much more with the attraction if it were built today.
Over rated attractions
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Sorry to those who love it but I just don't get it. It's one of the rare Disney rides that doesn't really have a story and as a roller coaster it falls flat. It has three lift hills. Three...I'll let that sink in for a moment. Up lift hill one, then running around low to the ground rocks and Im feeling good, then stop for lift hill two, off again dashing in and out, oh wait lets break up the action again with lift hill three, then the final section.
Top Thrill Dragster - I grew up near Detroit so Cedar Point was always it for me. I don't know if it is actually highly rated but I know the line is always long and I just dont get it. Really fast, one hill and done. Why that ride has lines longer than Millennium Force boggles my mind.
Under rated attractions -
Flight of the Hippogriff - For being a "kids" coaster its really good. Relatively fast, good turns and it gave me a rush. I think people see the kids part and turn away.
Flights of Wonder - For those who dont know, its a bird show in Animal Kingdom. Every time I go it is never full and yet its always a blast to watch. My daughter loves it too. If you never thought you could train chickens, this will prove you wrong.
Under-rated: Disney Animation @ DCA. Most over-looked area in DLR. I've told friends who visit once a year to check it out. Before their trip, they always say "what are you talking about?" then are glad they stopped by once they make it there.
Overrated: Toy Story Midway Mania-It's a fun ride, but the whole thing is just shooting at images on screens and feels more like a giant video game than an actual dark ride.
Underrated: Enchanted Tiki Room-The best of Disney's animatronic shows and a great way to escape the sun and heat of a hot summer day, plus you can take your Dole whip inside with you.